Gia Canali's Painted Pop Photos

So, last month I posted a photo on my Instagram with some new art in the background. Instantly, I was receiving comments and questions about where I purchased the adorable pop-style photos of Brooks and Scarlett.

photo credit: Gia Canali Photography

photo credit: Gia Canali Photography

Well, I won’t keep the secret any longer. My photographer, Gia Canali, actually made this adorable piece. I know, right!? I’m obsessed. While it may look like it’s painted on, it’s actually the real photo--just blown up. Gia then uses gouache to carefully paint around the edges. It adds some texture and depth that you don’t get with just a standard screen print.

I finally convinced Gia she needs to do this as a side business. It’s that good! See below for a mini Q&A + how to get your own. They also make a PERFECT gift!


How long does the process take?

The first thing we need is a great photo, so making one can take a bit of time if you don't have one already.  Then getting a great print can take a couple of days.  The painting varies depending on the size of the print, how detailed the edges are, and whether or not I need to mix a custom color.  Even a small work with a relatively simple edge lines will take several hours.  The big ones take a lot longer! I have to be really patient when I'm painting, but it's fun work.  

What photos work best for the pop art?

Photos with really bright backgrounds work great for this process.  It could be a portrait on a white backdrop or a snapshot at the beach.  

What photos don’t work so well?

Steer clear of photos with a lot of clutter.

For more information + pricing, contact Gia at